Coffee is the third most consumed beverage in the world after water and tea. There are many coffee lovers who drink it multiple times a day.
Coffee is usually enjoyed hot, however even iced coffee is very popular in the summer season. Coffee is prepared using roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from a variety of Coffea species.
As caffeine content is present in coffee it creates a stimulating effect in humans. Coffee is darkly colored, sour, and a little acidic.
Well, coffee consumption is also bundled with certain health benefits according to few health experts. It helps in protection against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease and is good for a healthy heart.
List of the Top 10 Coffee Consuming Countries in the World
There are approximately 70 countries worldwide that produce coffee beans. The highest coffee-consuming nations are Nordic countries.
History of Coffee
Although there are other stories related to the origin of coffee according to one legend it was discovered by Sheikh Omar in the 15th century AD. Details pertaining to the usage and drinking of coffee are mentioned in the account of Ahmed al-Ghaffar of Yemen. As Sufis had to perform religious rituals at night they used to drink coffee so that they can stay awake.
European coffee house was first opened in the city of Rome in 1645. The Dutch East India Company was the first company that started the import of coffee on a larger scale. As more and more people started drinking coffee it became an important crop that generated huge cash for many developing countries.
Coffee was one of the primary goods for export and source of revenue for few African countries like Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. There were many Central American countries as well which exported coffee all across the world.
October 1st is celebrated all across the world as International Coffee Day.
Check below the list of the Top 10 Coffee Consuming Countries in the World basis on the data published by International Coffee Organization (ICO).
(Per capita per year)
- Finland ranks first in the list of top Coffee Consuming Countries in the World with a national average of a whopping 12 kg per capita per year. The way traditional Finns brew coffee is a slight variation on Turkish coffee where coffee grounds and water are brought just barely to a boil multiple times.
- Norway ranks second with an average consumption of 9.9 kg per capita per year. Coffee first gained popularity in Norway among the wealthy in the early 18th century.
- Iceland with a per capita consumption of 9 kg is the third most coffee-consuming country. Well, this is quite obvious as cold climates and a cup of hot coffee usually go hand in hand!
- There is a tradition to serve coffee at each meal in Denmark and on special occasions, coffee is the center of attraction which is served along with cookies and cakes.
- Coffee culture is very strong and rich in the Netherlands which ranks fifth on our list. The Dutch drink 2.4 cups on an average per day.
- Canada ranks last in our list with an average consumption of 6.2 kg per capita per year and it is the only non-European country that made its entry into the list of the top coffee-consuming countries in the world.